Hi, Well basically, I am 16 years old and will be signing up for service in the British Army at the start of 2009. By this time i will be 17 and a half. The reason i am leaving it until next year, is... I was advised to, because as far as I am aware, the Army only accept people that have had 'Spent' criminal sentences. Basically, I got into a spot of trouble around 2 months ago, and head a court hearing for it... and eventually received a 'Referal Order'. I was assured that because I haven't a long history of criminal offences, I was okay to sign up when I had served my sentence. The refferal order was given for 12 months, hense why i am signing up when it finishes, at the beginning of next year. IF I pass all the intial assesments and am accepted, will the regiment I'm assigned to be based on my Location, I live in East Yorkshire, so would I be assigned to the Yorkshire Regiment? Also, I am very eager to see the action in Afghanistan, or similar countries, so I can follow in the footsteps of my late Relative Pte L. Simpson, who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb. What are the chances of me actually seeing action in the Middle-East? I know of 3 people ALL on tour in Afghanistan, but do know know what Regiment or Battalion they are in (see my question above, about not being sure about the conditions surrounding assigned regiments). As far as I am aware the only Battalion in the Yorkshire Regiment that are serving in Afghanistan at the moment is 2nd Battalion. Also, finally, does anybody know, roughly, when the Operations in Afghanistan are expected to end, as of now?... Because if I did go on Operations in the Middle-East, I obviously wouldn't be going 'til my 18th Birthday, which is on June 26th 2009. Sorry if you get lost, but i tend to get carried away whilst explaining things, I try and make them as clear as possible, but have a tendency to complicate my explanations in doing so! As always, any help is GREATLY appreciated, because I am eager as far as serving in the British Army is concerned. I want to turn my life around for the better, and offer myself a good career.